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Stories by Livern Barrett

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The nation's outgoing chief justice yesterday delivered a parting shot to prosecutors and defence attorneys, warning that the days of the long, drawn-out trials with "excessive, irrelevant, and unnecessary cross-examinations" must become a thing of...

Published:Thursday | January 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Police commanders were instructed last year not to issue any more permits for 7th Harbour, the venue for the New Year's Day party that is being blamed for the traffic gridlock that shut down the highway leading to the Norman Manley International...

Published:Tuesday | January 2, 2018 | 8:21 AMLivern Barrett

The western Jamaica parish of St James with an estimated population of 180,000 people last year recorded more murders than the United States city of New York, which is home to 8.5 million people. The New York Daily News reports that there were...

Published:Thursday | December 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A senior police commander has cautioned rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), who are pressing the Government for better pay, that it "cannot be all about money".Senior Superintendent of Police Carl Ferguson, commanding...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaican authorities are now in possession of "a number" of extradition requests, made by their counterparts in the United States (US), for persons accused of being involved in the deadly lottery scam.Justice Minister Delroy Chuck acknowledged,...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The nation’s chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn has revealed that there are plans to establish a dedicated court to deal with sexual offences, as a “tsunami” of sex-related cases threatens to cause more chaos for the already over-...

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

More than half of the over 1,500 murders recorded so far this year remain unsolved as rampant hoodlums continue to get away with serious criminal offences.A total of 1,562 persons were killed across the island between January 1 and last weekend, but...

Published:Thursday | December 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murder after detailing for police investigators how he chopped a St Mary woman to death after she reported to the police that he was having a sexual relationship with her teenage daughter.Kenroy Hayles pleaded...

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 10:49 AMLivern Barrett

A teenage boy has been arrested and charged in connection with a triple murder in Osbourne Store, Clarendon last month. The 16 year old has been charged with three counts of murder, robbery with aggravation and illegal possession of firearm. The...

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Isat Buchanan, the man who was authorised to practise as an attorney-at-law despite two convictions for drug possession, has been embraced by the Jamaican Bar Association (JAMBAR).The decision of the General Legal Council (GLC) to issue Buchanan...

Published:Tuesday | December 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

There were the stories yesterday of how veteran entertainer Ninja Man became a positive role model and an activist for peace since his two convictions, decades ago, for gun and drug possession, but in the end, his past came back to haunt him.The...

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 1:05 PMLivern Barrett

The continued sickout by rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has caused a postponement of the extradition hearing for controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal. The hearing was scheduled to start today in the...

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

There were hugs and kisses all around as Isat Buchanan posed for pictures with a small group of family and friends on Tuesday on the steps of the Supreme Court.But the subdued celebration belied the improbable odds Buchanan defied to become a full-...

Published:Monday | December 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

For some, it was a scene similar to what they had seen on television as gunmen armed with high-powered weapons yesterday sprayed mourners attending a funeral at the Kings Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church in east Kingston."Collection [offering]...

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A covert attempt by United States (US) law enforcement operatives to apprehend persons in Jamaica connected to the shipment of guns that was discovered in Miami last month came up empty-handed.According to Jamaican law enforcement sources, the two...

Published:Friday | December 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

It has been more than a decade since 71-year-old Audley McLean watched his mentally ill son take his last breath after he was cornered inside an unfinished two-room house by five members of a St Ann family and stoned then chopped to death over a...

Published:Thursday | December 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Amid the mayhem that has claimed more than 300 lives in St James this year alone, authorities in the United States (US) have revealed that an arsenal of more than 119 illegal guns and hundreds of assorted rounds of ammunition, seized in the State of...

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A prosecutor yesterday declared that Velma Dean, the St Ann woman who is on trial, along with her husband and three adult sons for killing a mentally ill man, played the role of "bull buck and duppy conqueror" in the alleged attack.But attorney-at-...

Published:Tuesday | December 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

Prosecutors have made out a prima facie case against the five members of a St Ann family who are on trial for stoning and chopping a mentally ill man to death."There is a case to answer for all," Justice Carol Lawrence Beswick ruled yesterday.The...

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A police investigator has testified that he saw more than 50 large stones inside the house where a mentally ill man was allegedly set upon and chopped to death by a St Ann woman, her husband, and three children.According to Detective Sergeant...

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

RUPERT CLARKE, former Moravian minister whose arrest in January triggered the scandal that rocked the local church body, has admitted that he engaged in sex-related crimes involving two sisters below the age of consent.Clarke pleaded guilty in the...

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The father of the mentally ill man who was allegedly chopped to death by members of a St Ann family in 2007 has insisted that his son was not killed by a mob of angry residents from the community.Audley McLean was giving evidence during a sometimes...

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The St Ann woman who is on trial, along with her husband and three adult sons for repeatedly chopping a mentally ill man to death in 2007 complained to the police on the day of the killing that the victim had stolen "a piece of electrical wire" from...

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A frail, elderly father yesterday gave evidence detailing how a St Ann woman, her husband and their three children cornered his mentally ill son inside a house in the parish and chopped him repeatedly until he died, before using a piece of rope to...

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